In the Spirit, we will be moldable and go where and when we are needed to serve, in whatever capacity that we’re needed.
One of the responsibilities of pouring into the next generation of worship leaders is being called to help shape their outlook on worship, and helping them to understand their personal role in leading people in expressing their hearts to God. On the one hand, we’re teaching them to strive for excellence and dedication in their musicality, but on the other, we need to help cultivate a selfless heart of worship that isn’t seeking the limelight or the accolades for themselves, but always strives to give the glory to God.
This month, our students were invited to lead at a new church, and for that particular weekend, not all of our students were able to be there due to summer vacations, etc. We ended up having only 3 lead vocalists, with 4 worship songs in the set, which meant that we would be able to give the 3 vocalists each a song, with one song left over. The vocalists wanted to know how we were going to “split” the fourth song between all of them, and we realized then that we had a teachable moment. We asked one of the vocalists if any of them would be upset if we gave the fourth song to just one of them to lead (meaning that someone would get to lead 2 songs, while the other vocalists only led 1), and she said that the other girls would probably feel bad if they only led 1 song, and someone else got to lead 2. So then we asked her what would happen if we gave her 2 songs to lead, and she said that because she and the other vocalists were such good friends, they would probably be fine with that. We explained to her that any service that we do unto the Lord is the same in importance, whether it be leading a song vocally, or backing up on harmonies, or playing an instrument. It’s all service to the Lord, no matter what you’re doing, and it’s all just as important to the body of Christ.
1 Corinthians 12:12-27 is a great section of scripture that you could share with your youth worship team this Sunday, to re-focus them in the role they’re serving in this weekend’s service, with the emphasis on verse 27:
“Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” (our emphasis
This whole passage draws a parallel between the human body and the church body; that the human body has many parts: ears, eyes, feet, etc., that all work together, making it function in unison to accomplish everyday living and tasks. The church body has many people with different skills and gifts that make it work together to serve His purpose. If we look at verses 22-24, we see that the service of one person is no greater than another and shouldn’t receive any special treatment; that the service of another that may appear to be less glorious is not less valued.
22 “On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it , 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other.”
If we can get our youth to understand this passage, it will change their outlook on worship, and their heart of service to the church.
So whether you’re playing a percussion egg shaker (in the dark) on the backline of the stage, or leading a song vocally out front and center, it’s great to constantly remind yourself why you’re there.
Here are 2 things to be aware of in our attitude of service:
When we’re in the flesh … it can be easy for us to want the spotlight and have a bad attitude if we feel “left out’, like we’re “taking the back seat,” or we feel that someone has a “greater” role than us.
When we’re in the Spirit … we naturally want to serve as a team player to achieve the ultimate goal of the local church, which is to save the lost and bring people to a closer relationship with God. In the Spirit, we will be moldable and go where and when we are needed to serve, in whatever capacity that we’re needed. We will have joy, compassion, and fulfillment in whatever role we’re placed in.
May you be blessed as you pour into the next generation of worship leaders!